how to prevent dry skin in the winter

How to Prevent Dry Skin in the Winter

Do you suffer from constant dry skin in the winter months? This is a common problem that many people face every winter. Some get it worse than others, with their skin cracking and bleeding while others have chapped skin. No matter how bad your skin is, you do not need to suffer from it.

I have put together some amazing tips on how to prevent dry skin in the winter. These tips will give you soft, skin throughout the year. All you need to do is set aside a few minutes each day and try to be as consistent as possible.

How to Prevent Dry Skin in the Winter

I have put together a list of 6 different, easy ways how to prevent dry skin in the winter, that will give you soft and healthy skin the whole year round. Most of them are quick and won’t take up too much of your time!

1. Moisturise your skin

Daily moisturising is so so important. Dry skin comes from a lack of water in the skin and by using moisturiser you are effectively adding a seal so that the water can’t escape. I recommend moisturising your skin twice a day- once in the morning when you wake up and once in the evening before you go to bed. If you are washing your face at the same time, it’s best to apply the moisturiser whilst your skin is still damp. This helps your skin retain the moisture from the water that’s already there.

2. Treat your hands and feet

Moisturise Daily

 When the weather is cold your hands and feet tend to suffer the most. A brilliant trick that works wonders is to apply a generous helping of hand or foot cream and then sleep with gloves and socks. When you wake up, your skin will feel silky and soft and very hydrated. It’s not the most comfortable way to sleep, but the results are well worth it!

3. Use warm water not hot for your bath/shower

I know all too well how tempting it is to take boiling showers when it’s freezing outside. However, it’s also one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Hot water washes away your natural oils which causes your skin to dry out. Stick to lukewarm showers, your skin will thank you later!

4. Pat your skin dry after a shower

Rubbing your skin will irritate your skin, and irritated skin dries out quicker. Instead, after a shower, softly pat your skin until it is dry. Patting doesn’t aggravate your skin like rubbing, but it does take a little longer to dry your skin with patting. The results are well worth it though!

5. Use sun cream

wear sun cream

Most people don’t realise this, but sun cream is not only for the summer. The winter sun combined with snow can damage your skin a lot. Even if it’s not snowing where you live, and even if you can’t see the sun, you still need to protect your skin from UV rays. They get through everything! An easy way to incorporate suncream into your daily beauty routine is to use a moisturiser or foundation that already has SPF in it.

6. Protect your skin from the cold

When you are out and about, wear gloves, a hat and a scarf. This will not only keep you warm, but it will also protect your skin from getting dried out. Wearing a good lip balm is also recommended, the lips are one of the first places to get chapped and dried. By wearing a lip balm or even lipstick when you’re out, your lips have protection from the wind and cold.

My Thoughts

I hope you have gained some useful tips on how to prevent dry skin in the winter. Helping your skin get through the winter, will also help your skin age better. By looking after your skin, you are investing in your skin’s future and it will help you and your skin stay and look more youthful. And who doesn’t want to stay young:)

Let me know which of these winter skin care tips you do and which other ones you recommend! I’m always on the lookout for different ideas.

Hollie xx

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  1. This is something I suffer with and it seems to get worse as I get older. My husband also has a problem with dry skin especially on his face, to the point his face gets really sore. At the moment he is trying Nivea for men.
    Thanks for these tips, we will both be trying them and hopefully our skin will improve. I have used Neutrogina in the past and must put it on my list for my next shop. Thanks. Ches

    1. Hi Ches, I hope these tips help will help you! Have a lovely day. Hollie x

  2. Winter months can be great but at the same time we have to protect, it is so amazing what the cold weather can actually do to a persons skin. The tips that you have laid out here are awesome, many people go through the cold weather with such dry skin and that is not good for them, but the methods that you are talking about can make for a healthy.

    1. Thanks for your positive feedback! Have a good day!

  3. Certain parts of my face and also my hands and feet get so dry in the winter, I can’t stand it. My skin is really sensitive to fragrance to the point where it dries my skin out more than it would be if I didn’t use that good smelling lotion. I tried getting a non fragrance lotion and it doesn’t really keep my skin well moisturized either. You think I should try the Clarins one?

    1. The Clarins moisturiser is really good but using a good hand cream is just as important. I recommend Neutrogina which has never failed me- it literally does wonders. Good luck and i hope your skin improves!

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